More than 20 residents, including women and children, and 15 policemen were injured on Friday in violence at Fatehpur Jharsa in Gurgaon during a demolition drive by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.
Nearly 400 policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed for the demolition drive that targeted houses in Dokhar-ki-Dhani colony in Sector 47. Clashes broke out between police and residents around 10.30 am.
Police said residents hurled stones and glass bottles at police to stop their houses from being demolished. Magistrate Om Prakash and HUDA estate officer-II Tarun Kumar Pawaria, under whose supervision the drive was being carried out, were injured in the stoning.
“The demolition drive has been video-graphed. We will identify the people who attacked the demolition squad and those who instigated them. They will be booked. The entire area has been cleared of encroachment and fenced with barbed wires. The illegal structures were holding up laying of internal roads in Sector 47. The residents set an LPG cylinder on fire, which exploded. Luckily, there was no loss of life,” Pawaria said.
An auto-rickshaw and some houses too were set on fire during the clashes. Police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to quell the violence. Nearly 50 people, including women, were detained. Residents alleged they were not informed in advance about the demolition drive.
Residents claimed the land belonged to them and that they had been living there for more than 50 years. “Many of us have been living here for generations. Now suddenly, the government has rendered us homeless without any notice and rehabilitation plan,” Pardeep Singh Kashyap, state VP of the Haryana Kashyap Rajput Sabha, said.
DCP (east) Deepak Saharan said, “The residents threw stones at police and SDM Om Prakash was injured. They also threw bottles at police. It was they who indulged in arson and we had to call fire tenders to put out the blaze. Police escorted the women and children to safety.”
Dokhar-ki-Dhani, which came up on panchayat land, was acquired by HUDA in 2005. But the gram panchayat and then sarpanch, opposing the acquisition, did not claim the compensation released by the Haryana government.
Later, the area came under the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon and residents accepted the compensation. The land is earmarked for both commercial and residential purposes. On a 17-acre plot, a hospital has been proposed on 3.65 acres, two group housing societies on1.5 acre each, 60 residential plots and 18-m wide roads.